Police arraign eight men for alleged murder, armed robbery

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Ogochukwu Anioke, Abakaliki

The Police in Ebonyi State have arraigned eight men for alleged murder, armed robbery and arson in the state.

They were arraigned before an Ebonyi State Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Abakaliki, on Monday.

The court remanded them in prison custody.

The suspects, whose names were given as Linus Amaga, 70; Ignatius Chukwu, 67; Ida Okechukwu, 25; Olube Onyema, 25; Nweke Chinecherem, 22; Ezaka Jude, 20; Aloh Udoke, 59; and Nwakpu Friday, 33, allegedly killed one Chinedu Nwali by giving him matchete cuts all over his body.

It was further gathered that the suspects set ablaze one building that belonged to one Nwoba Monday, on November 20, 2019.

They were arraigned before the Magistrate’s Court on four counts bothering on murder, armed robbery, arson and conspiracy, on Monday.

The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Chinedu Mbam, told the court that the offenses were punishable under sections 516A (a), 319 (1), 443 and 402 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

The charge read in part, “That you Linus Amaga ‘m’, Ignatius Chukwu ‘m’, Ida Okechukwu ‘m’, Nweke Chinecherem ‘m’, Ezaka Jude ‘m’, Aloh Udoke ‘m’, Nwakpu Friday ‘m’ and one other in charge No. MAC:33C/2020 and others at large on the 20th day of November, 2019, at Uduku Igbudu community, Ikwo in Abakaliki Magisterial District, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: murder/arson/armed robbery and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516A (a) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

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“That you Linus Amaga ‘m’, Ignatius Chukwu ‘m’, Ida Okechukwu ‘m’, Olube Onyema ‘m’, Nweke Chinecherem ‘m’, Ezaka Jude ‘m’, Aloh Udoke ‘m’, Nwakpu Friday ‘m’ and one other in charge No. MAB: 33C/2020 and others at large on the same date, place and in the aforementioned Magisterial District did unlawfully kill one Chinedu Nwali ‘m’ by giving him matchete cuts all over his body which caused his death and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap.33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”

The Defense Counsel, led by Barr Friday Akpor, applied to the court for his clients be admitted to bail.

But the Prosecuting Counsel, led by Inspector Mbam, noted that the offenses were capital in nature and could not be entertained by the count.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Nnenna Onuoha said the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

She ordered that they be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, while their case file should be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, for necessary legal action.

She adjourned the case till March 23, 2020, for report of compliance.